FREE: Record Store Day Party Saturday April 13th 6pm Haight Street Art Center

Come celebrate Record Store Day with a FREE show at the Haight Street Art Center. Everyone attending is invited to bring their ONE favorite piece of vinyl and you might be chosen to join us on stage as we spin your record and interview you about it. How fun is that?

As usual, guaranteed entry to patrons of the show on Patreon. RSVP by telling us how many people you are bringing. The more the merrier! 

Performing live will be the great Four Year Bender (duo) who’ll have some vinyl to sell and will be promoting their album release party at Cafe du Nord. Opening the show is the great Jeff Desira who also is releasing new material produced by Chris Manning of Jellyfish and Guster.

Also, parked out front will be the awesome roaming Musical Instrument Lending Library.

FREE: The Shams St Paddy’s Day Special Haight Street Art Center Friday March 15th 6pm

Enjoy an evening of craic agus ceol as Sean Daly brings his kick-ass band from Galway, Ireland to start your Paddy’s Day weekend off on the right note. Details HERE

Please leave a note below if you plan on attending and tell us if you’re bringing a guest!

Festive drink specials courtesy of sponsors 21st Amendment Brewery and brewer/co-founder Shaun O’Sullivan will be the guest of honor.

The Shams first began in 2011 in San Francisco, lead by energetic and charismatic front man Sean Daly. 

The Shams have sold out the legendary Great American Music Hall in San Francisco and shared stages with Irish performers such as the brilliant singer-songwriter Damien Dempsey, Mundy, The Young Dubliners, and English punk legends, The Vibrators.

The Shams provide listeners with a new, hard-hitting perspective on the evolution of Irish music, unlike any you’ve heard before. With each fiery live performance, the group leaves listeners begging for more

John Craigie In Song & Conversation Tuesday 2/19 6pm Haight Street Art Center

We’re thrilled to have finally booked the great John Craigie on the show. As always the show is FREE to patrons at the $5 a month level.

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Tickets for non-patrons are only $5. This ticket entitles you to a complimentary adult beverage courtesy of our sponsors 21st Amendment Brewery and Whetstone Wine Cellars. This nominal fee of $5 is to stop the problem of no-shows which have been a problem at our once free events. Money raised will go to our non-profit host, the Haight Street Art Center AND the Blue Bear School of Music.

Renowned for his eloquent Americana style, engaging live shows, and off-the-cuff clever observations, John Craigie carries on the legacy of classic singer-songwriters, while blazing a trail of his own.

Recently, that trail twisted and turned into new territory for the Portland, OR performer who The Stranger appropriately dubbed, “the lovechild of John Prine and Mitch Hedberg.” His music speaks loud to both audiences and fellow artists. Todd Snider notably hand-delivered a gift on-stage, and Chuck Norris has sent fan mail. His fifth full-length album, No Rain, No Rose boasted two collaborations with Gregory Alan Isakov, namely “I Am California” and “Highway Blood.” Both quickly cracked One Million Spotify streams and counting, as his knack for a captivating narrative and rustic aural palettes powered the 13-track offering together.

“It’s about transparency,” he explains. “The storytelling enables listeners to relate. Really good music doesn’t make you feel good; it makes you feel like you’re not alone.”

As No Rain, No Rose landed, he caught the attention of none other than Jack Johnson. Through a serendipitous series of events, Craigie’s 2016 live effort Capricorn in Retrograde… Just Kidding… Live in Portland landed in Johnson’s car stereo during a California coastal road trip.

Shortly after, Jack reached out and Craigie soon found himself onstage for 12 shows during Johnson’s 2017 summer tour including performances at The Greek Theatre in Berkeley, California and The Gorge in Washington state. Along the way, he earned acclaim from SF Weekly, Seattle Times, AXS, and more. Festival appearances also include Oregon Country Fair, Kate Wolf Music Festival, High Sierra Music Festival, Burning Man, and many others.

When Craigie plays, it’s one of those special shows that can make you laugh and cry in the same song. It’s a musical journey that can’t be denied.

Free: The Dolly Mamas CD Release Party & Rob Hotchkiss. Iron Springs Brewery Fairfax Sunday January 27th 5-8pm

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Come celebrate the sound of Fairfax with two awesome local acts! The show is FREE but please RSVP here and bring along as many friends as you like!

The Dolly Mamas are three friends who love to sing and create music together. They each lend their unique and versatile voices and musical experience to this vocal harmony trio. Performing original songs as well as well arranged cover music, The Dolly Mamas are a treat to watch and listen to and are delighted to release their debut album “Labyrinth.”

Rob Hotchkiss Was a founding member of Train. He won a Grammy Award (Best Rock Song) for five-time nominated Drops of Jupiter, ​and was the musical force behind hits such as Meet Virginia, Free, I Am, and Get to Me. Rob’s songwriting was integral to their multi-platinum success. For creative reasons Rob left Train after their third album to record and produce his solo album, Midnight Ghost, which received tremendous critical acclaim. Rob’s classic sound, with meaningful lyrics, beautiful melodies, and lush harmonies, has been likened to The Beatles, early Bowie, Neil Young, and Ed Sheeran.

George Clinton In Conversation Monday, December 17th 3pm Haight Street Art Center

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Ahead of his SOLD OUT show at the Independent, join us for a conversation with the legendary funkmeister who’ll be retiring following this tour. Clinton is promoting his latest album Medicaid Fraud Dog. After the interview we’ll be throwing a year-end/holiday after-party with live music provided by the Bay Area’s very own Roem Baur. As an added bonus you’ll get too see the wonderful Ralph Steadman career retrospective currently on display at the Haight Street Art Center.

Patrons of our show on Patreon at the $5 a month level are guaranteed FREE entry (plus one) and ONE complimentary adult beverage courtesy of our sponsors 21st Amendment Brewery and Whetstone Wine Cellars. Become a patron HERE.

Already a patron? RSVP here.

Recording both as Parliament and Funkadelic, George Clinton revolutionized R&B during the ’70s, twisting soul music into funk by adding influences from several late-’60s acid heroes: Jimi Hendrix, Frank Zappa, and Sly Stone.

The Parliament/Funkadelicmachine ruled black music during the ’70s, capturing over 40 R&B hit singles (including three number ones) and recording three platinum albums. Born in Kannapolis, NC, on July 22, 1941, Clinton became interested in doo wop while living in New Jersey during the early ’50s. . Basing his group on Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers, Clinton formed The Parliaments in 1955, rehearsing in the back room of a Plainfield barbershop where he straightened hair. The Parliaments released only two singles during the next ten years, but frequent trips to Detroit during the mid-’60s – where Clinton began working as a songwriter and producer – eventually paid off their investment.

Roem Baur is an award-winning singer and touring songwriter from San Francisco. From appearances on NBC’s The Voice, the main stage at Super Bowl 50, official SXSW & CES conferences, to the International Youth Conference in Zimbabwe, Africa, he has garnered fans all over the world with his “wild” (Entertainment Weekly) stage show and “ridiculous vocal range” (rslblog.com). Classically-trained in Opera and Musical Theatre, he answered the call of rock n’ roll shortly after college and immediately began touring living rooms, cafes, and small clubs with “a voice that seems to burn with fire” (Examiner) before forming his band and releasing his first studio EP with GRAMMY nominated producer, Damien Lewis (Rihanna, Janelle Monae, Katy Perry).

Camp Fire Relief Benefit Concert Sunday, December 2nd Hopmonk Novato

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GET TIX: https://www.seetickets.us/event/Camp-Fire-Relief-Benefit-Concert/374507
 

HopMonk Tavern Novato (Session Room)
Doors: 12noon | Show: 1pm-10pm (All Ages)
Schedule Times TBA

Brought to you by:
HopMonk Tavern Novato / KC Turner Presents / Renee & Irish Greg’s Pop UP

100% of ticket proceeds will be donated to the North Valley Community Foundation

LINEUP (More TBA):
Alejandro Escovedo
Dan Bern
Megan Slankard
Peter Case
Heather Combs
The Sam Chase & The Untraditional (solo)
Josh Brough (Poor Man’s Whiskey)
Bobby Jo Valentine
Kate Lardner & the Branson Rock Band

DJ Bothsides will be spinning records between sets

SPONSORS:
HopMonk Tavern
Renee & Irish Greg’s Pop Up
Brianne Lucke Design
Phoenix Hotel
Stagehand Systems Events
Flying Colors
Sight & Sound
21st Amendment Brewery
Whetstone Wine Cellars

FREE: The Stone Foxes in Song & Conversation Nov 7th 6:00-7:30pm

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Join us for another FREE evening of amazing music and conversation as we take the podcast to the T-Mobile Signature Store in downtown San Francisco with our favorite local rockers The Stone Foxes. RSVP by leaving a message here telling us how many you’ll be our head to our Facebook event page.

The core of any rock band worth their salt is a deep respect for the fundamentals – a feel that’s redolent of the scare-the-parents, back country, wild juke joint origins – and an abiding drive to carve out one’s own unique territory. The friction between these impulses is where good things happen, and it’s the place San Francisco’s The Stone Foxes – spear headed by brothers Shannon Koehler (drums, harp, vocals) and Spence Koehler (lead guitar, vocals) ) – have resided since their 2008 debut, young men dedicated to keeping rock engaged and succulently alive.

“You do what the song needs you to do. That’s how this band does it,” says Shannon. “Hell, that’s how The Band did it! You can go back to Muddy Waters and further for examples of this. With us, there’s this filter of blues and roots that we’ve created by soaking up that music, and when we write everything gets put through that filter. It comes out as who we are today, but everything we do goes through that filter, this cultural fuzzbox.”

FREE Xmas in October Soundwaves TV Taping: EllaHarp, Rick Hardin, Kendra McKinley

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Once again we are thrilled to be hosting a portion of Soundwaves TV Xmas TV special. That’s right, it’s Christmas in October at the Longboard Margarita Bar in Pacifica on Saturday October 20th from 1-3pm. Of course the best part about this is that it’s FREE!! Come on out and bring all your friends!
Did we mention the event is FREE? It stars three of our favorite local artists, all performing solo: Kendra McKinley, Rick Hardin and EllaHarp. 
Dress in your favorite ugly Holiday sweater and we’ll see you then!

FREE: Art, Music & Conversation with Kaja Renkas & Megan Keely Friday, September 28th

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On Friday, September 28th we’re hosting an informal FREE event at the Haight Street Art Center: Art, Music & Conversation with Kaja Renkas & Megan Keely

Join us for a FREE evening of art, music and conversation while being treated to an exclusive exhibit by Polish graphic designer and poster artist Kaja Renkas with musical accompaniment by the Bay Area’s own Megan Keely. RSVP on our Facebook page or on our Patreon page.

Take in the stunning artwork of Kaja Renkas while enjoying happy-hour between 6-7pm courtesy of 21st Amendment Brewery and Whetstone Wine Cellars. This will be followed by an intimate musical performance by Megan Keely.

Kaja Renkas is part of the long tradition of Polish poster artists. After receiving her doctorate she moved into an area of poster creation loosely based around surrealistic collage, working in the digital environment. The work of Monty Python’s Terry Gilliam comes to mind when viewing Renkas’ posters, a Surrealist collage, arising, in part, from the intellectual anarchy of Dada and related early twentieth century movements.

Megan Keely is a San Francisco-based songwriter and vocalist who has dedicated her latest musical efforts towards immigration and women’s rights, transforming personal calamity into transcendent growth on her latest studio album “Bloom.”

Howlin’ Rain + The Easy Leaves In Song & Conversation Thursday, October 4th

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Renee & Irish Greg’s Pop Up turns two and we celebrate with our Third Annual Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Pre-Party at the Haight Street Art Center, Thursday October 4th starring Howlin’ Rain and the Easy Leaves.

We are charging a nominal fee of $8 to stop the rash of no-shows which have been a problem at our once free events. Money raised will go to non-profits Blue Bear School of Music and the Haight Street Art Center.

Purchasing a ticket entitles you to a complimentary adult beverage courtesy of our sponsors 21st Amendment Brewery and Whetstone Wine Cellars. An original event poster by Marq Spusta will be available to purchase with the artist on-site to embellish it. These posters are collectors items and VERY special indeed.

If you are a patron of ours on Patreon at the $5 level there is no need to purchase a ticket. Simply RSVP here. Patrons get to bring a guest at no extra cost. Become a Patron!

Enjoy the amazing rock poster art exhibit “Family Devalues” at our happy-hour from 6-7pm before we take the party upstairs for performances and interviews with Bay Area bands Howlin’ Rain and the Easy Leaves.

Oakland, California’s Howlin Rain recently released The Alligator Bride, their fifth LP of swampy, ragged, unapologetic rock ’n roll. Led by Ethan Miller, it’s their first release on Silver Current Records, the artist-run label owned by Miller, and gleefully indebted to classic rock formations like the Grateful Dead’s Europe ‘72 and Free’s masterpiece of atmospheric, minimalist blues, 1969’s Fire and Water. “The guiding principle for The Alligator Bride was to create ‘Neal Cassady Rock,’” says Miller. “Which is to say, high energy, good-times adventure music, driving the hippie bus, shirtless and stoned, up for four days straight, and extremely fuzzy around the edges.”

The Easy Leaves are proud ambassadors of California Country & Western music; who over the course of 2 full length albums and 2 EPs, under the guidance of Merle Haggard’s music, and countless other barroom heroes, have released their own unique collection of poetry for the common man.

The pairing of these two acts is reminiscent of the late 60’s and early 70’s in Austin, TX, essentially what Willie Nelson was creating there, as well as many shows at famed venue, the Armadillo World Headquarters – Where the outlaws, outcasts, hippies, honky tonkers, freaks, and forward thinkers converged in harmony for a plethora of music happenings; you could see Willie Nelson, Doug Sahm, Waylon Jennings and other Country troubadours playing shows alongside folks like The Grateful Dead.